The Way of the Saints (Nilsen Prize for a First Novel Winner)

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In 1980s New York, Esther tries to live with her mother’s growing instability and strangeness. In the same city a decade before, Isabel desperately tries to carry a child to term, despite a curse laid on her. And, in Puerto Rico in the 1930s, Paula is forced into a choice that will affect both these other women, her descendants.

A tightly woven, deeply plotted generational saga, The Way of the Saints breathes and pulses with both history and superstition. From a revolution I was never taught about in school to a religious practice turned almost cultlike by desperation, at every page I felt as though I was peeking through shadows into the depths of what it can mean to be a woman. Maybe this is why I felt so drawn to the book: even though every fear is specific to every life, there comes a time when every woman feels fear specifically because society has kept her powerless.

But I digress. The Way of the Saints is beautifully written and a gripping tale, one which fully deserved the Nilsen Prize. I hope to see more from Elizabeth Engelman in the future.

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Author Elizabeth Engelman
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 212 pages
Publisher Southeast Missouri State Univ Press
Publish Date 01-Sep-2021
ISBN 9781733015332
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Issue September 2021
Category Historical Fiction